Faithful in Swat make bonfire of TV sets
PESHAWAR, November 10 2005: Following a sermon by an Imam of a mosque in Mingora in Swat district, people brought television sets, VCRs and audio and video tapes from their homes and publicly burnt them amid slogans of Allah-o-Akbar (Allah is Greatest).
Reports from Swat said more than 250 television sets were put to the fire in union council Malookabad, located within the limits of Mingora city. The television sets, along with VCRs, CDs and music and movies videos were piled up and burnt in a bonfire. The crowd, which included the union council Malookabad nazim Fazal Jalal, raised slogans of Allah-o-Akbar when the flames of fire leapt into the air and turned the heap into ashes.
The peshimam of the mosque, Maulana Rehanullah alias Pir Sahib, had earlier urged the faithful to heed the warning from Allah following the devastating earthquake on October 8 and mend their ways to escape divine punishment. He warned them that the quake was a sign of Allah’s displeasure with our sins and way of life. He urged the people to cleanse their homes of the instruments of obscenity and start living life in accordance with teachings of Islam.
Reports said almost everyone in the area heeded his advice. Similar incidents have also been reported from a few other places in the NWFP.
Source: The News